Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea – where the tissues in the back of the throat repetitively collapse during sleep, producing snoring and complete airway blockage. This blockage creates pauses in breathing that occur repeatedly every night. In severe cases, they can occur as frequently as every 30 seconds AND can last up to a full minute.
Sleep apnea is very common, particularly in the commercial driver population. Studies show that up to 28% of commercial drivers may be afflicted. Primary risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and, with treatment, quality of life and health benefits can be realized.
This presentation provides an overview of the various models and applications of ResMed-manufactured CPAP masks available on the market and attempts to address issues related specifically to CPAP users who are also commercial truck drivers.